Sansum Clinic, one of the oldest non-profit outpatient clinics in California, is now in its 100th year of service. From its origins with Dr. William Sansum, the first U.S. physician to both develop and administer insulin for diabetes, to its current day operation with 220 doctors in more than 50 specialties and service lines, caring for patients in 800,000+ visits annually across 22 different locations, Sansum Clinic has evolved to treat its expansive roster of patients with a highly trained staff using the latest research and state-of-the-art technology. 

“We stand on the shoulders of many who have helped bring us to this moment,” said Kurt Ransohoff, MD, FACP, Sansum Clinic’s CEO and chief medical officer. “We will always be proud of and committed to our important mission: partnering with our community to deliver healthcare during any challenge, whether that be during wartime, economic recessions or this current pandemic.”

Sansum Clinic is the largest independent non-profit outpatient healthcare organization between Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. The history of Sansum is intertwined with that of the city of Santa Barbara, which has always been advanced in the medical sciences despite its small size. 

Inspired by the collaborative process wartime doctors used to efficiently care for soldiers during battlefield triage, Sansum Clinic’s first physicians, led by Dr. Rexwald Brown, formed Santa Barbara Medical Clinic in 1921. Their approach—specialists operating in their designated fields while consulting and cooperating with others in the same clinic—was a new concept within medicine that proved to be the optimal way to effectively and affordably treat patients. This same multi-specialty model continues to be the cornerstone of Sansum Clinic’s care. Today’s residency or fellowship-trained physicians continue the tradition of coordinating and collaborating to offer care. 

Over the years, Sansum Clinic has received numerous accreditations from state and federal agencies for excellence in healthcare. From Sansum’s surgery centers and imaging machines to the world-class Ridley-Tree Cancer Center, Sansum has invested in infrastructure and medical advancements. Many departments including Cardiology, Urology, Radiology and Ophthalmology use the latest technology and protocols available to treat patients. 

“Since our earliest days, strong ties to our community and the generosity of many within it have brought these advancements to our clinic,” stated a press release from Sansum Clinic. “These important partnerships combined with the guidance of clinic leaders and trustees have created deep bonds and lifetime relationships, producing civic efforts to enhance health and overall quality of life. Sansum Clinic is a unique model in the healthcare landscape with its ability to deliver a high level of care in the most compassionate way possible.”

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